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How Yechizki’Yah/Ezekiel  chapter 16 ties into Revelation chapter 17:

Updated 02/15/6989 [5767] 5th day of the week (05/03/07)

When studying Ezekiel 16 you should refer to Revelation chapter 13 and especially chapter 17:

Ezekiel 16:1:  Again the Word of YaHVeH came unto me, saying,

2.       Ben of adam, cause Yerusalem to know her abominations,

3.         And say, thus saith the Rabbi YaHVeH unto Yerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite.

From Easton’s Bible Dictionary:

Topics: Jeru'salem

Text:  called also Salem, Ariel, Jebus, the "city of God," the "holy city;" by the modern Arabs el-Khuds, meaning "the holy;" once "the city of Judah" (2 Chr. 25:28). This name is in the original in the dual form, and means "possession of peace," or "foundation of peace." The dual form probably refers to the two mountains on which it was built, viz., Zion and Moriah; or, as some suppose, to the two parts of the city, the "upper" and the "lower city." Jerusalem is a "mountain city enthroned on a mountain fastness" (comp. Ps. 68:15, 16; 87:1; 125:2; 76:1, 2; 122:3). It stands on the edge of one of the highest table-lands in Palestine, and is surrounded on the south-eastern, the southern, and the western sides by deep and precipitous ravines.

It is first mentioned in Scripture under the name Salem (Gen. 14:18; comp. Ps. 76:2). When first mentioned under the name Jerusalem, Adonizedek was its king (Josh. 10:1). It is afterwards named among the cities of Benjamin (Judg. 19:10; 1 Chr. 11:4); but in the time of David it was divided between Benjamin and Judah. After the death of Joshua the city was taken and set on fire by the men of Judah (Judg. 1:1-8); but the Jebusites were not wholly driven out of it.

The city is not again mentioned till we are told that David brought the head of Goliath thither (1 Sam. 17:54). David afterwards led his forces against the Jebusites still residing within its walls, and drove them out, fixing his own dwelling on Zion, which he called "the city of David" (2 Sam. 5:5-9; 1 Chr. 11:4-8).

Here he built an altar to the Lord on the threshing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite (2 Sam. 24:15-25), and thither he brought up the ark of the covenant and placed it in the new tabernacle which he had prepared for it. Jerusalem now became the capital of the kingdom.

After the death of David, Solomon built the temple, a house for the name of the Lord, on Mount Moriah (B.C. 1010). He also greatly strengthened and adorned the city, and it became the great centre of all the civil and religious affairs of the nation (Deut. 12:5; comp. 12:14; 14:23; 16:11-16; Ps. 122).

After the disruption of the kingdom on the accession to the throne of Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, Jerusalem became the capital of the kingdom of the two tribes. It was subsequently often taken and retaken by the Egyptians, the Assyrians, and by the kings of Israel (2 Kings 14:13, 14; 18:15, 16; 23:33-35; 24:14; 2 Chr. 12:9; 26:9; 27:3, 4; 29:3; 32:30; 33:11), till finally, for the abounding iniquities of the nation, after a siege of three years, it was taken and utterly destroyed, its walls razed to the ground, and its temple and palaces consumed by fire, by Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon (2 Kings 25; 2 Chr. 36; Jer. 39), B.C. 588.

The desolation of the city and the land was completed by the retreat of the principal Jews into Egypt (Jer. 40-44), and by the final carrying captive into Babylon of all that still remained in the land (52:3), so that it was left without an inhabitant (B.C. 582). Compare the predictions, Deut. 28; Lev. 26:14-39.

But the streets and walls of Jerusalem were again to be built, in troublous times (Dan. 9:16, 19, 25), after a captivity of seventy years. This restoration was begun B.C. 536, "in the first year of Cyrus" (Ezra 1:2, 3, 5-11). The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah contain the history of the re-building of the city and temple, and the restoration of the kingdom of the Jews, consisting of a portion of all the tribes.

The kingdom thus constituted was for two centuries under the dominion of Persia, till B.C. 331; and thereafter, for about a century and a half, under the rulers of the Greek empire in Asia, till B.C. 167. For a century the Jews maintained their independence under native rulers, the Asmonean princes. At the close of this period they fell under the rule of Herod and of members of his family, but practically under Rome, till the time of the destruction of Jerusalem, A.D. 70. The city was then laid in ruins.

The modern Jerusalem by-and-by began to be built over the immense beds of rubbish resulting from the overthrow of the ancient city; and whilst it occupies certainly the same site, there are no evidences that even the lines of its streets are now what they were in the ancient city.

Till A.D. 131 the Jews who still lingered about Jerusalem quietly submitted to the Roman sway. But in that year the emperor (Hadrian), in order to hold them in subjection, rebuilt and fortified the city. The Jews, however, took possession of it, having risen under the leadership of one Bar-Chohaba (i.e., "the son of the star") in revolt against the Romans.

Some four years afterwards (A.D. 135), however, they were driven out of it with great slaughter, and the city was again destroyed; and over its ruins was built a Roman city called Aelia Capitolina, a name which it retained till it fell under the dominion of the Mohammedans, when it was called el-Khuds, i.e., "the holy."

In A.D. 326 Helena, mother of the emperor Constantine, made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem with the view of discovering the places mentioned in the life of our Lord. She caused a church to be built on what was then supposed to be the place of the nativity at Bethlehem.

Constantine, animated by her example, searched for the Holy Sepulchre, and built over the supposed site a magnificent church, which was completed and dedicated A.D. 335. He relaxed the laws against the Jews till this time in force, and permitted them once a year to visit the city and wail over the desolation of "the holy and beautiful house."

In A.D. 614 the Persians, after defeating the Roman forces of the emperor Heraclius, took Jerusalem by storm, and retained it till A.D. 637, when it was taken by the Arabians under the Khalif Omar. It remained in their possession till it passed, in A.D. 960, under the dominion of the Fatimite khalifs of Egypt, and in A.D. 1073 under the Turcomans.

In A.D. 1099 the crusader Godfrey of Bouillon took the city from the Moslems with great slaughter, and was elected king of Jerusalem. He converted the Mosque of Omar into a Christian cathedral. During the eighty-eight years, which followed, many churches and convents were erected in the holy city.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was rebuilt during this period, and it alone remains to this day. In A.D. 1187 the sultan Saladin wrested the city from the Christians. From that time to the present day, with few intervals, Jerusalem has remained in the hands of the Moslems. It has, however, during that period been again and again taken and retaken, demolished in great part and rebuilt, no city in the world having passed through so many vicissitudes.

In the year 1850 the Greek and Latin monks residing in Jerusalem had a fierce dispute about the guardianship of what are called the "holy places." In this dispute the emperor Nicholas of Russia sided with the Greeks, and Louis Napoleon, the emperor of the French, with the Latins. This led the Turkish authorities to settle the question in a way unsatisfactory to Russia. Out of this there sprang the Crimean War, which was protracted and sanguinary, but which had important consequences in the way of breaking down the barriers of Turkish exclusiveness.

Modern Jerusalem "lies near the summit of a broad mountain-ridge, which extends without interruption from the plain of Esdraelon to a line drawn between the southern end of the Dead Sea and the southeastern corner of the Mediterranean." This high, uneven table-land is everywhere from 20 to 25 geographical miles in breadth. It was anciently known as the mountains of Ephraim and Judah.

"Jerusalem is a city of contrasts, and differs widely from Damascus, not merely because it is a stone town in mountains, whilst the latter is a mud city in a plain, but because while in Damascus Moslem religion and Oriental custom are unmixed with any foreign element, in Jerusalem every form of religion, every nationality of East and West, is represented at one time."

Jerusalem is first mentioned under that name in the Book of Joshua, and the Tell-el-Amarna collection of tablets includes six letters from its Amorite king to Egypt, recording the attack of the Abiri about B.C. 1480. The name is there spelt Uru-Salim ("city of peace").

Another monumental record in which the Holy City is named is that of Sennacherib's attack in B.C. 702. The "camp of the Assyrians" was still shown about A.D. 70, on the flat ground to the north-west, included in the new quarter of the city. The city of David included both the upper city and Millo, and was surrounded by a wall built by David and Solomon, who appear to have restored the original Jebusite fortifications. The name Zion (or Sion) appears to have been, like Ariel ("the hearth of God"), a poetical term for Jerusalem, but in the Greek age was more specially used of the Temple hill.

The priests' quarter grew up on Ophel, south of the Temple, where also was Solomon's Palace outside the original city of David. The walls of the city were extended by Jotham and Manasseh to include this suburb and the Temple (2 Chr. 27:3; 33:14). 

Jerusalem is now a town of some 50,000 inhabitants, with ancient mediaeval walls, partly on the old lines, but extending less far to the south. The traditional sites, as a rule, were first shown in the 4th and later centuries A.D., and have no authority. The results of excavation have, however, settled most of the disputed questions, the limits of the Temple area, and the course of the old walls having been traced.

Topics: Am'orites

Text:  highlanders, or hillmen, the name given to the descendants of one of the sons of Canaan (Gen. 14:7), called Amurra or Amurri in the Assyrian and Egyptian inscriptions. On the early Babylonian monuments all Syria, including Palestine, is known as "the land of the Amorites."

The southern slopes of the mountains of Judea are called the "mount of the Amorites" (Deut. 1:7, 19, 20). They seem to have originally occupied the land stretching from the heights west of the Dead Sea (Gen. 14:7) to Hebron (13. Comp. 13:8; Deut. 3:8; 4:46-48), embracing "all Gilead and all Bashan" (Deut. 3:10), with the Jordan valley on the east of the river (4:49), the land of the "two kings of the Amorites," Sihon and Og (Deut. 31:4; Josh. 2:10; 9:10).

The five kings of the Amorites were defeated with great slaughter by Joshua (10:10). They were again defeated at the waters of Merom by Joshua, who smote them till there were none remaining (Josh. 11:8). It is mentioned as a surprising circumstance that in the days of Samuel there was peace between them and the Israelites (1 Sam. 7:14). The discrepancy supposed to exist between Deut. 1:44 and Num. 14:45 is explained by the circumstance that the terms "Amorites" and "Amalekites" are used synonymously for the "Canaanites." In the same way we explain the fact that the "Hivites" of Gen. 34:2 are the "Amorites" of 48:22. Comp. Josh. 10:6; 11:19 with 2 Sam. 21:2; also Num. 14:45 with Deut. 1:44.

The Amorites were warlike mountaineers. They are represented on the Egyptian monuments with fair skins, light hair, blue eyes, aquiline noses, and pointed beards. They are supposed to have been men of great stature; their king, Og, is described by Moses as the last "of the remnant of the giants" (Deut. 3:11). Both Sihon and Og were independent kings. Only one word of the Amorite language survives, "Shenir," the name they gave to Mount Hermon (Deut. 3:9).

Topics: Hit'tites

Text:  Palestine and Syria appear to have been originally inhabited by three different tribes.

(1.) The Semites, living on the east of the isthmus of Suez. They were nomadic and pastoral tribes.

(2.) The Phoenicians, who were merchants and traders; and

(3.) the Hittites, who were the warlike element of this confederation of tribes. They inhabited the whole region between the Euphrates and Damascus, their chief cities being Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Kadesh, now Tell Neby Mendeh, in the Orontes valley, about six miles south of the Lake of Homs.

These Hittites seem to have risen to great power as a nation, as for a long time they were formidable rivals of the Egyptian and Assyrian empires. In the book of Joshua they always appear as the dominant race to the north of Galilee. Somewhere about the twenty-third century B.C. the Syrian confederation, led probably by the Hittites, arched against Lower Egypt, which they took possession of, making Zoan their capital. Their rulers were the Hyksos, or shepherd kings. They were at length finally driven out of Egypt.

Rameses II. sought vengeance against the "vile Kheta," as he called them, and encountered and defeated them in the great battle of Kadesh, four centuries after Abraham. (See JOSHUA.)

They are first referred to in Scripture in the history of Abraham, who bought from Ephron the Hittite the field and the cave of Machpelah (Gen. 15:20: 23:3-18). They were then settled at Kirjath-arba. From this tribe Esau took his first two wives (26:34; 36:2).

They are afterwards mentioned in the usual way among the inhabitants of the Promised Land (Ex. 23:28). They were closely allied to the Amorites, and are frequently mentioned along with them as inhabiting the mountains of Palestine.

When the spies entered the land they seem to have occupied with the Amorites the mountain region of Judah (Num. 13:29). They took part with the other Canaanites against the Israelites (Josh. 9:1; 11:3).

After this there are few references to them in Scripture. Mention is made of "Ahimelech the Hittite" (1 Sam. 26:6), and of "Uriah the Hittite," one of David's chief officers (2 Sam. 23:39; 1 Chr. 11:41).

In the days of Solomon they were a powerful confederation in the north of Syria, and were ruled by "kings." They are met with after the Exile still a distinct people (Ezra 9:1; comp. Neh. 13:23-28). The Hebrew merchants exported horses from Egypt not only for the kings of Israel, but also for the Hittites (1 Kings 10:28, 29).

From the Egyptian monuments we learn that "the Hittites were a people with yellow skins and 'Mongoloid' features, whose receding foreheads, oblique eyes, and protruding upper jaws are represented as faithfully on their own monuments as they are on those of Egypt, so that we cannot accuse the Egyptian artists of caricaturing their enemies.

The Amorites, on the contrary, were a tall and handsome people. They are depicted with white skins, blue eyes, and reddish hair, all the characteristics, in fact, of the white race" (Sayce's The Hittites). The original seat of the Hittite tribes was the mountain ranges of Taurus. They belonged to Asia. Minor, and not to Syria.

The Amorites and Hittites were pagan people. Now Yahveh is calling HIS people children of pagan parents. The very people Yahveh said HE was driving and destroying from the Promised Land the children of Yisrael have become (Deuteronomy/Devarim. 9:4).

Ezekiel 16:4:  And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.

From E-Sword Strong’s Hebrew Concordance the word “supple” is:

H4935

îùرٍé

mish‛i^y

Mish-ee'

Probably from H8159; inspection: - to supple.

H8159

ùرٍن

sha^‛a^h

Shaw-aw'

A primitive root; to gaze at or about (properly for help); by implication to inspect, consider, compassionate, be nonplussed (as looking around in amazement) or bewildered: - depart, be dim, be dismayed, look (away), regard, have respect, spare, turn.

This is from the American Heritage Dictionary Third Edition 1993:

Sup·ple(sup’el)

 adj. sup·pler sup·plest

1. Readily bent; pliant.

2. Moving and bending with agility; limber.

3. Yielding or changing readily; compliant or adaptable.

 [ Middle English souple from Old French from Latin supplex suppliant; See pl³k-1 in Indo-European Roots.]

 supple v.

 supple·ness n.

 supply or supple·ly adv.[1]


[1]Copyright (c) 2000 Grolier Interactive Inc.

Comparing the word in Hebrew “Mishee” with the old English word “supple”, in my judgment they don’t mean the same thing. I believe the word should be “inspect”: “...neither wast thou washed in water to inspect thee...”

The point Yahveh is making is that nobody cared for the land/people. Remember in verse 2 we are talking about Yerusalem, it is the capital of the children of Yisrael’s Promised Land, and the seat of Yahveh’s Throne.

This is from JAMIESON/FAUSSET/BROWN A COMMENTARY CRITICAL, EXPERIMENTAL, AND PRACTICAL VOLUME II PART II PAGE 251:

Neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee – i.e., to make the skin soft. Maurer translates [????], ‘for purification;’ from an Arabic root. Gesenius translates, as marg., ‘that thou mightest be presented to thy parents to be looked upon’ [???, to look], as is customary on the birth of a child. The literal translation is, ‘to my sight,’ or absolutely ‘to the sight’ (Buxtorf), which may mean either as Gesenius renders above, or else, ‘in order that thou mightest be sightly (i.e., comely) for me to look on.’ I prefer this.

Ezekiel 16:5:  None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.

The children of Yisrael was cast out of Egypt and wandered in the wilderness for 40 years before they entered the Promised Land. The nation (nation of Yisrael) was born when they were cast out of Egypt.

Ezekiel 16:6:  And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.

When a child is born the child will come out of the womb with blood on him or her, and if the navel is not cut the child will be attached to the mothers placenta. So as verse 4 describes the children of Yisrael when she was born was not a pleasant sight to look at.

It seems to me that Yahveh is likening Yerusalem and the children of Yisrael as one and the same.

Ezekiel 16:7: I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou wast naked and bare.

The child now in verse 7 is given her feminine status: “thy breasts are fashioned.” Verses 4 – 6 gives no indication of the child’s gender.

Ezekiel 16:8:  Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread MY skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Adonai YaHVeH, and thou becamest MINE.

Yahveh marries this poor rejected woman (Children of Yisrael) and in her tattered condition did not look very attractive.

Ezekiel 16:9:  Then washed I thee with water; yea, I thoroughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil.

What a husband Yahveh is to this woman! HE washes away her filthiness and anoints her with oil.

Ezekiel 16:10:  I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers' skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk.

She is clothed with the finest of apparel. You need to remember the clothing Yahveh’s wife is wearing is the clothing HE purchased for her. HE gives it to her; it was a gift (free) just because HE loves her.

Clothing is a covering for a person’s nakedness and is symbolic for the covering of sin (Genesis 3:21).

Ezekiel 16:11:  I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck.

Yahveh dresses HIS wife in the most precious jewelry (See Leviticus 8).

The bracelets upon her hands = the children of Yisrael doing Yahveh’s will (Leviticus 8:23 –24; 14:14, 17, 25, 28).

The chain around her neck = the children of Yisrael being led by Yahveh (Exodus 13:18).

Ezekiel 16:12:  And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.

The jewel in the forehead = Yahveh’s law that was placed INSIDE the ark (Exodus 20; 31:18; Deut. 4:10 –13; I Kings 8:9; Rev. 11:19; 12:17; 14:12).

The earrings in her ears = the hearing of Yahveh’s voice when HE spoke that law from Mount Sinai (Exodus 20; Deut. 4:10 – 13).

The crown on her head = Yahveh giving her power and influence over the nations (Leviticus 26:1 – 13; Deut. 28:1 – 14).

Ezekiel 16:13:  Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom.

Yahveh’s wife looks gorgeous! She is rich because her HUSBAND is wealthy (Exodus 19:5; Psalm 50:10 – 12).

Ezekiel 16:14:  And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through MY comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Rabbi YaHVeH.

Her greatness and beauty was only due to Yahveh’s kabod and no other reason.

Ezekiel 16:15:  But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.

Now we can start referring to Revelation 13 and 17. You see now how Yahveh’s wife is lifted up because of her beauty and wealth. Does this remind you of someone, like a rebellious malak (Isaiah 14; Ezekiel 28; 31)?

{Revelation: 17:2: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

Revelation: 17:3: So he carried me away in the ruach into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.}

What part will “Traditional Christianity” (House of Yisrael) play along with the House of Yahudah, in building the 3rd temple and allowing and practicing pagan customs around and in the physical 3rd temple called by Yahveh’s name (Jeremiah 7:4; Ezekiel 21:27; Matthew 23:37; 24:1-2; Rev. 6:1-2)?

The majority (“many” Matthew 24:5) of the House of Yisrael is steeped in traditional Christian doctrine. Remember the UK (Ephraim) and USA (Manasseh) is the shepherd tribes (Gen. 49:24) of the House of Yisrael.

House of Yahudah = in control of the 3rd physical temple they will build. They don’t believe in Yahshua the Messiah. This does not mean there are not those in the tribe of Yahudah that don't believe in Yahshua the Messiah. This means those that are in power and control, which means they have the influence, don't believe. The same was true in the prophets, Yahshua and the Apostles day. The same is true today. There is nothing new under the sun.

House of Yisrael = Traditional Christianity great influence over the spiritual temple (body of Yahshua I Cor. 3:16) they use the Messiah’s name and show their unbelief (Matthew 24:5) by rejecting Yahveh’s Spiritual law found in Exodus 20 (Exodus 31:18; I Kings 8:9; Rev. 11:19; 12:17; 14:12). They reject the keeping of Yahveh’s Sabbaths and replace them with pagan customs (Mark 7:7). I believe they are part of the scoffers in the last days.

Ezekiel 16:16:  And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.

{Revelation: 17:4: And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:}

The “high places” has to do with places of sacrifice, idolatry. Building temples for pagan worship.

This is from JAMIESON/FAUSSET/BROWN A COMMENTARY CRITICAL, EXPERIMENTAL, AND PRACTICAL VOLUME II PART II PAGE 252:

16. Deckedst thy high places with divers colours – or, ‘didst make thy high places of divers colours’ (Fairbairn); the metaphor and the literal are here mixed. The high places whereon they sacrificed to Astarte are here compared to tents of divers colours, which an impudent harlot would spread, to show her house was open to all (Calvin). Cf. as to ‘woven hangings for Astarte’ (the right translation for “grove”) 2 Ki.xxiii. 7.

This is how traditional Christianity comes into play. Revelation 13:11 is speaking about traditional Christianity because they are the ones who profess Yahshua (“Jesus” Matthew 24:5) as the Lamb:

{Revelation: 13:11: And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. }

Catholicism/Protestanism west divide = one horn and Christian Orthodox east divide  = the other horn. The other horn can’t represent the House of Yahudah (those in power and control) because they don’t proclaim emun in Yahshua the Messiah that He is the Lamb of Yahveh (John 1:29). They don’t even believe the Messiah has even come. There is no doubt in my mind that these two horns are speaking about Traditional Christianity. They have had the most influence on this earth especially in western governments on how people look at Yahshua Messiah. Remember the election that took  place in 2004 in the USA was greatly affected by evangelical Christians (08/18/6986 – 11/02/04).

This brings us to Revelation 17:5:

{Revelation: 17:5: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.}

How does Catholicism/Christian Orthodoxy the “Mother” and her “Harlots” the Protestants tie into Ezekiel 16, because Ezekiel 16 is clearly speaking about Yerusalem? What comes into my mind is the FACT of what Constantine did do.

Part 4 of 9 parts.

Here are some links found on temples built in and around Yerusalem:

http://www.biu.ac.il/JS/rennert/history_7.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1910843.stm

http://www.bibleplaces.com/holysepulcher.htm

http://www.unicorne.org/orthodoxy/articles/articles_b/resurrection.htm

http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/feasts_e.htm

http://www.christusrex.org/www2/baram/ 

Ezekiel 16:17:  Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of MY gold and of MY silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,

Yahveh could not say it any clearer when HE says “...madest to thyself images of men...” The Catholic Church makes no apologies when it comes to the images she places in around her temples. These temples are in and around Yerusalem:

Click on link to see the "images of men" she sets up: How Ezekiel 16 ties into Rev. 17

Ezekiel 16:18:  And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set MINE oil and MINE incense before them.

I have never been to Yerusalem when Traditional Christianities pagan festivals come around on their calendar, but I have seen the news reports and see the abominations that are carried out in the name of “Easter”/Astarte (Ezekiel 8; Jeremiah 7:18; 44:19) and Christmas (Jeremiah 10), which is Nimrod day.

Ezekiel 16:19:  MY meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith I fed thee, thou hast even set it before them for a sweet savour: and thus it was, saith the Rabbi YaHVeH.

For verse 19 refer to Hosea 2.

Ezekiel 16:20:  Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto ME, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter,

At the time of the prophet this event in verse 20 literally happened. Children were being offered to idols and burnt up in the fire. What does come to my mind in the fulfilling of this verse today is, because of the children of Yisrael’s continued disobedience from the 1st and 2nd generations (May 14th, 1948 – 2nd month [IYAR] may have been the 5th or 13th day of the month in the year I calculate 6930), the 1st and 2nd generations have taught their children errors and lies (Jeremiah 16:19) now the fire from the Great Tribulation is going to devour their sons and daughters (Exodus 20:5; Hosea 8:14). As you continue to read verse 21 – 23 you will see how I make this connection to the Great Tribulation.

I believe we do need to consider verse 20 is also being fulfilled by the USA and UK (Shepherd tribes of the House of Yisrael) sending military troops to other countries to fight for their way of life. Defending capitalism, which is a government system that worships economy, the manufacturing of goods and services, things made with mans hands (Jeremiah 25:5 – 7).

Read article:

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Ezekiel 16:21:  That thou hast slain MY children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them?

22.    And in all thine abominations and thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, and wast polluted in thy blood.

23.    And it came to pass after all thy wickedness, (woe, woe unto thee! saith the Rabbi YaHVeH;)

Revelation 9:1 – 11 begins the Great Tribulation = 5th seal (Rev. 6:9 – 11), 5th trumpet and 1st woe (Rev. 8:13; 9:1 – 11).

Revelation 9:13 –21 concludes the Great Tribulation = 6th seal (Rev. 6:12 –17), 6th trumpet and 2nd woe (Rev. 8:13; 9:13 – 21).

Refer to Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 to gain more understanding of the seals and trumpets of the book of Revelation.

{Re: 8:13: And I beheld, and heard a malak flying through the midst of shameh, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three malakim, which are yet to sound!

Re: 9:12: One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.}

Understand the Great Tribulation ends in the 2nd Woe!

Ezekiel 16:24:  That thou hast also built unto thee an eminent place, and hast made thee an high place in every street.

Again look at all the temples built by traditional Christianity (For the most part those who are of the House of Yisrael live by traditional Christian doctrine) in and around Yerusalem. Remember the House of Yahudah (Judah) allows these things for the tourist dollar.

Ezekiel 16:25:  Thou hast built thy high place at every head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms.

26.  Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke ME to anger.

From E-Swords Strong’s Hebrew Concordance the word “flesh”:

H1320

لجùزّ

Ba^s´a^r

Baw-sawr'

From H1319; flesh (from its freshness); by extension body, person; also (by euphemism) the pudenda of a man: - body, [fat, lean] flesh [-ed], kin, [man-] kind, + nakedness, self, skin.

From the American Heritage College Dictionary third edition:

Pudendum (py-dµndm)

 n.

 Pl. pu·den·da(-d)

1. The human external genitalia, especially of a woman. Often used in the plural.

 [ Latin, neuter gerundive of pudre to make or be ashamed]

 pu·dendal(-dµndl) adj.[1]


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Ezekiel 16:27:  Behold, therefore I have stretched out MY Hand over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way.

Remember it is in the 3rd and 4th  (which cause the 3rd and 4th trumpet to be blown Revelation 8:10 – 13) seal that Yahveh is speaking about economy and foodstuffs and the famine, pestilence and death that war (Revelation 6:3-4) and the lack of food leads to (Revelation 6:5 –8). Read this article for order of seals and trumpets:

34) Setting up sacrifices to the G.T. to the Wrath of the Lamb.  

Ezekiel 16:28:  Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied.

Just remember the nation of Assyria as well as Babylon is located by the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers. The spot that the USA and UK happen to be today with their military.

From Easton’s Bible Dictionary:

Topics: Assyr'ia

Text:  the name derived from the city Asshur on the Tigris, the original capital of the country, was originally a colony from Babylonia, and was ruled by viceroys from that kingdom. It was a mountainous region lying to the north of Babylonia, extending along the Tigris as far as to the high mountain range of Armenia, the Gordiaean or Carduchian mountains. It was founded in B.C. 1700 under Bel-kap-kapu, and became an independent and a conquering power, and shook off the yoke of its Babylonian masters. It subdued the whole of Northern Asia.

The Assyrians were Semites (Gen. 10:22), but in process of time non-Semite tribes mingled with the inhabitants. They were a military people, the "Romans of the East." Of the early history of the kingdom of Assyria little is positively known. In B.C. 1120 Tiglath-pileser I., the greatest of the Assyrian kings, "crossed the Euphrates, defeated the kings of the Hittites, captured the city of Carchemish, and advanced as far as the shores of the Mediterranean." He may be regarded as the founder of the first Assyrian empire. After this the Assyrians gradually extended their power, subjugating the states of Northern Syria.

In the reign of Ahab, king of Israel, Shalmaneser II. marched an army against the Syrian states, whose allied army he encountered and vanquished at Karkar. This led to Ahab's casting off the yoke of Damascus and allying himself with Judah. Some years after this the Assyrian king marched an army against Hazael, king of Damascus. He besieged and took that city. He also brought under tribute Jehu, and the cities of Tyre and Sidon.

About a hundred years after this (B.C. 745 the crown was seized by a military adventurer called Pul, who assumed the name of Tiglath-pileser III. He directed his armies into Syria, which had by this time regained its independence, and took (B.C. 740) Arpad, near Aleppo, after a siege of three years, and reduced Hamath. Azariah (Uzziah) was an ally of the king of Hamath, and thus was compelled by Tiglath-pileser to do him homage and pay a yearly tribute.

In B.C. 738, in the reign of Menahem, king of Israel, Pul invaded Israel, and imposed on it a heavy tribute (2 Kings 15:19). Ahaz, the king of Judah, when engaged in a war against Israel and Syria, appealed for help to this Assyrian king by means of a present of gold and silver (2 Kings 16:8); who accordingly "marched against Damascus, defeated and put Rezin to death, and besieged the city itself." Leaving a portion of his army to continue the siege, "he advanced through the province east of Jordan, spreading fire and sword," and became master of Philistia, and took Samaria and Damascus. He died B.C. 727, and was succeeded by Shalmanezer IV., who ruled till B.C. 722.

He also invaded Syria (2 Kings 17:5), but was deposed in favour of Sargon (q.v.) the Tartan, or commander-in-chief of the army, who took Samaria (q.v.) after a siege of three years, and so put an end to the kingdom of Israel, carrying the people away into captivity, B.C. 722 (2 Kings 17:1-6, 24; 18:7, 9). He also overran the land of Judah, and took the city of Jerusalem (Isa. 10:6, 12, 22, 24, 34).

Mention is next made of Sennacherib (B.C. 705), the son and successor of Sargon (2 Kings 18:13; 19:37; Isa. 7:17, 18); and then of Esar-haddon, his son and successor, who took Manasseh, king of Judah, captive, and kept him for some time a prisoner at Babylon, which he alone of all the Assyrian kings made the seat of his government (2 Kings 19:37; Isa. 37:38).

Assur-bani-pal, the son of Esarhaddon, became king, and in Ezra 4:10 is referred to as Asnapper. From an early period Assyria had entered on a conquering career, and having absorbed Babylon, the kingdoms of Hamath, Damascus, and Samaria, it conquered Phoenicia, and made Judea feudatory, and subjected Philistia and Idumea.

At length, however, its power declined. In B.C. 727 the Babylonians threw off the rule of the Assyrians, under the leadership of the powerful Chaldean prince Merodach-baladan (2 Kings 20:12), who, after twelve years, was subdued by Sargon, who now reunited the kingdom, and ruled over a vast empire.

But on his death the smoldering flames of rebellion again burst forth, and the Babylonians and Medes successfully asserted their independence (B.C. 625), and Assyria fell according to the prophecies of Isaiah (10:5-19), Nahum (3:19), and Zephaniah (3:13), and the many separate kingdoms of which it was composed ceased to recognize the "great king" (2 Kings 18:19; Isa. 36:4). Ezekiel (31) attests (about B.C. 586) how completely Assyria was overthrown. NINEVEH, BABYLON.)

Ezekiel 16:29:  Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith.

You need to remember that the USA and UK (Shepherd tribes of the House of Yisrael predominantly Traditional Christian doctrine, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant ([Revelation 13:11; 17:5]) are trying to establish a democratic state in Iraq:

Read these articles:

58) Jeremiah 13 and how it's relevant for today. Part I:

61) Zechariah 5 & 6 & how they relate to us today Pt. 1   

From Easton's Bible Dictionary:

Topics: Chalde'a

Text:  The southern portion of Babylonia, Lower Mesopotamia, lying chiefly on the right bank of the Euphrates, but commonly used of the whole of the Mesopotamian plain. The Hebrew name is Kasdim, which is usually rendered "Chaldeans" (Jer. 50:10; 51:24,35). The country so named is a vast plain formed by the deposits of the Euphrates and the Tigris, extending to about 400 miles along the course of these rivers, and about 100 miles in average breadth.

"In former days the vast plains of Babylon were nourished by a complicated system of canals and water-courses, which spread over the surface of the country like a network. The wants of a teeming population were supplied by a rich soil, not less bountiful than that on the banks of the Egyptian Nile. Like islands rising from a golden sea of waving corn stood frequent groves of palm trees and pleasant gardens, affording to the idler or traveler their grateful and highly-valued shade. Crowds of passengers hurried along the dusty roads to and from the busy city. The land was rich in corn and wine."

Recent discoveries, more especially in Babylonia, have thrown much light on the history of the Hebrew patriarchs, and have illustrated or confirmed the Biblical narrative in many points. The ancestor of the Hebrew people, Abram, was, we are told, born at "Ur of the Chaldees." "Chaldees" is a mistranslation of the Hebrew Kasdim, Kasdim being the Old Testament name of the Babylonians, while the Chaldees were a tribe who lived on the shores of the Persian Gulf, and did not become a part of the Babylonian population till the time of Hezekiah.

Ur was one of the oldest and most famous of the Babylonian cities. Its site is now called Mugheir, or Mugayyar, on the western bank of the Euphrates, in Southern Babylonia. About a century before the birth of Abram it was ruled by a powerful dynasty of kings. Their conquests extended to Elam on the one side, and to the Lebanon on the other. They were followed by a dynasty of princes whose capital was Babylon, and who seem to have been of South Arabian origin.

The founder of the dynasty was Sumu-abi ("Shem is my father"). But soon afterwards Babylonia fell under Elamite dominion. The kings of Babylon were compelled to acknowledge the supremacy of Elam, and a rival kingdom to that of Babylon, and governed by Elamites, sprang up at Larsa, not far from Ur, but on the opposite bank of the river. In the time of Abram the king of Larsa was Eri-Aku, the son of an Elamite prince, and Eri-Aku, as has long been recognized, is the Biblical "Arioch king of Ellasar" (Gen. 14:1). The contemporaneous king of Babylon in the north, in the country termed Shinar in Scripture, was Khammu-rabi. (See BABYLON; ABRAHAM; AMRAPHEL.)

Ezekiel 16:30:  How weak is thine heart, saith the Rabbi YaHVeH, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman;

Part 6 of 9 parts.

From the American Heritage Dictionary 3rd Edition:

 

Im·pe·ri·ous (¹m-p<R“¶-…S)< SPA>

 adj.

1. Arrogantly domineering or overbearing.

2. Urgent; pressing.

3.  Obsolete Regal; imperial.

 [ From Latin imperi½sus from imperium imperium; See empire]

 im·peri·ous·ly adv.

 im·peri·ous·ness n.[1]

Im·pe·ri·al·ism(¹m-p<R“¶-…-L¹Z”…M)< SPA>

 n.

1. The policy of extending a nation's authority by territorial acquisition or by establishing economic and political hegemony over other nations.

2. The system, policies, or practices of such a government.

 im·peri·al·ist adj. n.

 im·peri·al·istic adj.

 im·peri·al·isti·cal·ly adv.[2]


 

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From E-Swords Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew word for “Imperious” is:

H7986

ùرىجèْ

shalleṭeth

shal-leh'-teth

Feminine from H7980; a vixen: - imperious.

H7980

ùرىè

sha^laṭ

shaw-lat'

A primitive root; to dominate, that is, govern; by implication to permit: - (bear, have) rule, have dominion, give (have) power.

Ezekiel 16:31:  In that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire;

32.    But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!

33.    They give gifts to all whores: but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every side for thy whoredom.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT VERSE 33 IS SAYING! The governments of the House of Yisrael (USA and UK are the shepherd tribes) and House of Yahudah pay for their allies to like them (have sex), to do business with them. This cannot be more evident than in what the USA is doing right now with Iraq. Look into how the USA government pays money out to many Middle East nations. This is not a queue to get involved with politics. I’m saying these things so we, all of the body of Yahshua understand these events taking place today and how they relate to Yahveh’s prophetic Word. So we can all be looking in the same direction, hearing the same thing and speaking the same thing. There MUST be unity in the body of Yahshua (Ephesians 4:13).

Ezekiel 16:34:  And the contrary is in thee from other women in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee, therefore thou art contrary.

35.  Wherefore, O harlot, hear the Word of YaHVeH:

36.    Thus saith the Rabbi YaHVeH; because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them;

“The blood of thy children” (Exodus 20:5) I believe is referring to what the House of Yisrael (UK and USA are the shepherd tribes) and House of Yahudah are willing to do to continue in their governmental practices, and sacrifice their children through war in the name of patriotism:

Read article:

55) Politics and Religion Part 1 

Ezekiel 16:37:  Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.

Refer to Revelation 17:16-17:

{Revelation: 17:16: And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

Re: 17:17: For YaHVeH hath put in their hearts to fulfil HIS will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the Words of YaHVeH shall be fulfilled.}

Notice Revelation 17:16 that the ten horns burn the whore with fire. Remember Ezekiel 16:21 – 23, the children of Yisrael are putting their children (Exodus 20:5) through the fire (Matthew 3:11; Hosea 8:14), this fire deals with the “Great Tribulation” the time of “Jacob’s Trouble” (Matthew 24:21; Jeremiah 30:7).

Read articles concerning the beast and ten horns:

36) Ten Kings of Revelation 13 Part 1  

44)The 8th king who is of the 7, and 10 kings of Revelation 17:  

Ezekiel 16:38:  And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy.

39.    And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare.

This “eminent place” and “high places” has to do with the 3rd temple (Matthew 24:1-2; Jeremiah. 7:4; Revelation 11:1 – 3) and the temples that Traditional Christianity builds (Hosea 8:14). There is no doubt in my mind that Traditional Christianity will have a hand in helping the House of Yahudah build the 3rd temple:

 40)The 3rd Temple  

Ezekiel 16:40:  They shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords.

41.  And they shall burn thine houses with fire, and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women: and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more.

42.    So will I make MY fury toward thee to rest, and MY jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry.

“And I will be quiet, and will be no more angry”, The Great Tribulation will be over at that time.

Ezekiel 16:43:  Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, but hast fretted ME in all these things; behold, therefore I also will recompense thy way upon thine head, saith the Rabbi YaHVeH: and thou shalt not commit this lewdness above all thine abominations.

From E-Sword Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew word for “fretted” is:

 

H7264

ّâو

ra^gaz

raw-gaz'

A primitive root; to quiver (with any violent emotion, especially anger or fear): - be afraid, stand in awe, disquiet, fall out, fret, move, provoke, quake, rage, shake, tremble, trouble, be wroth.

Ezekiel 16:44:  Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, as is the mother, so is her daughter.

Refer to Revelation 13:11 and Revelation 17:5.

Ezekiel 16:45:  Thou art thy mother's daughter, that lotheth her husband and her children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which lothed their husbands and their children: your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite.

The children of Yisrael have become pagan in everything they do.

Ezekiel 16:46:  And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.

You must remember what Yahveh did in dividing the children of Yisrael into two houses (I Kings 11). Verse 46 is speaking in relationship to Yerusalem (Ezekiel 16:2). I can see clearly looking at a map of the 12 tribes and their boundaries that Samaria is in a straight line North West of Yerusalem, looking at a clock it would be about eleven “o” clock. That would be to the left. Now when it comes to seeing the relationship of Samaria’s younger sister Sodom, which is at the right of Yerusalem, looking at the map I see that Yerusalem is actually situated in the boundaries of Benyamin, and the tribe of Yahudah’s boundaries wrap around to the right of Yerusalem and the capital of Benyamin would be to the right of Yerusalem.

Click on link to see map of boundaries of 12 tribes of ancient Israel: How Ezekiel 16 ties into Rev. 17

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Samaria the elder sister ten tribes  (I Kings 3:1; Jeremiah 3) = the House of Yisrael (UK and USA are the shepherd tribes their religious background is predominantly Traditional Christian [Mark 7:7], Catholic/Orthodox and Protestant.):

The younger sister two tribes, Yahudah and Benyamin (I Kings chapters 11 and 12; Jeremiah 3; 23:14) = the House of Yahudah they will be responsible primarily for the building of the 3rd temple (Jeremiah 7:4; 22:29; Ezekiel 21:27;.Matthew 23:37; 24:1-2; Revelation 11:1 – 3). The religion of Judaism is a religion unto itself. I’m not trying to offend anyone when I say this, but when I say Judaism is a religion unto itself; I mean its primary focus is the worship of being a “Jew”, and not the worship of Yahveh through HIS Ben Yahshua. I perceive in some Messianic fellowships a tolerance for “Jews” who outright reject Yahshua the Messiah (Not looking to understand), for the only reason they are blood “Jews” (Revelation 2:9, 24; 3:9). The scriptures speak clearly on this subject (John 3:18; John 8; I John 2:22; II John 1). I believe Traditional Christianity (House of Yisrael) will have some type of involvement with helping the House of Yahudah build the 3rd temple because what is said in Hosea 8:14:

{Hosea: 8:14: For Yisrael hath forgotten his MAKER, and buildeth temples; and Yahudah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.}

Notice the fire that is mentioned in Hosea 8:14.

From Easton’s Bible Dictionary:

Topics: Sama'ria

Text:  a watch-mountain or a watch-tower. In the heart of the mountains of Israel, a few miles north-west of Shechem, stands the "hill of Shomeron," a solitary mountain, a great "mamelon." It is an oblong hill, with steep but not inaccessible sides, and a long flat top.

Omri, the king of Israel, purchased this hill from Shemer its owner for two talents of silver, and built on its broad summit the city to which he gave the name of "Shomeron", i.e., Samaria, as the new capital of his kingdom instead of Tirzah (1 Kings 16:24). As such it possessed many advantages.

Here Omri resided during the last six years of his reign. As the result of an unsuccessful war with Syria, he appears to have been obliged to grant to the Syrians the right to "make streets in Samaria", i.e., probably permission to the Syrian merchants to carry on their trade in the Israelite capital. This would imply the existence of a considerable Syrian population. "It was the only great city of Palestine created by the sovereign. All the others had been already consecrated by patriarchal tradition or previous possession.

But Samaria was the choice of Omri alone. He, indeed, gave to the city which he had built the name of its former owner, but its especial connection with himself as its founder is proved by the designation which it seems Samaria bears in Assyrian inscriptions, Beth-khumri ('the house or palace of Omri')." Stanley.

Samaria was frequently besieged. In the days of Ahab, Benhadad II. came up against it with thirty-two vassal kings, but was defeated with a great slaughter (1 Kings 20:1-21). A second time, next year, he assailed it; but was again utterly routed, and was compelled to surrender to Ahab (20:28-34), whose army, as compared with that of Benhadad, was no more than "two little flocks of kids."

 
In the days of Jehoram this Benhadad again laid siege to Samaria, during which the city was reduced to the direst extremities. But just when success seemed to be within their reach, they suddenly broke up the seige, alarmed by a mysterious noise of chariots and horses and a great army, and fled, leaving their camp with all its contents behind them. The famishing inhabitants of the city were soon relieved with the abundance of the spoil of the Syrian camp; and it came to pass, according to the word of Elisha, that "a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barely for a shekel, in the gates of Samaria" (2 Kings 7:1-20).

Shalmaneser invaded Israel in the days of Hoshea, and reduced it to vassalage. He laid siege to Samaria (B.C. 723), which held out for three years, and was at length captured by Sargon, who completed the conquest Shalmaneser had begun (2 Kings 18:9-12; 17:3), and removed vast numbers of the tribes into captivity. (See SARGON.)

The city, after passing through various vicissitudes, was given by the emperor Augustus to Herod the Great, who rebuilt it, and called it Sebaste (Gr. form of Augustus) in honour of the emperor.

In the New Testament the only mention of it is in Acts 8:5-14, where it is recorded that Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached there.

It is now represented by the hamlet of Sebustieh, containing about three hundred inhabitants. The ruins of the ancient town are all scattered over the hill, down the sides of which they have rolled. The shafts of about one hundred of what must have been grand Corinthian columns are still standing, and attract much attention, although nothing definite is known regarding them. (Comp. Micah 1:6.)

In the time of Christ, Western Palestine was divided into three provinces, Judea, Samaria, and Galilee. Samaria occupied the centre of Palestine (John 4:4). It is called in the Talmud the "land of the Cuthim," and is not regarded as a part of the Holy Land at all. It may be noticed that the distance between Samaria and Jerusalem, the respective capitals of the two kingdoms, is only 35 miles in a direct line.

Ezekiel 16:47:  Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing, thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways.

48.    As I live, saith the Rabbi YaHVeH, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters.

Yahveh is literally saying that Yerusalem the capital of the House of Yisrael (Samaria) and House of Yahudah, (Sodom) supposedly the seat of righteousness and fair judgment, where the house (1st, 2nd and finally the 3rd temples) that is called by Yahveh’s name was built, and will be built, IS more corrupt in her doings than Sodom and her daughters.

Ezekiel 16:49:  Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

50.  And they were haughty, and committed abomination before ME: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

Verse 50 Yahveh says “I took them away as I saw good.” The House of Yisrael (Ten Tribes/Samaria) went into captivity 100 years or more before the House of Yahudah (Two Tribes/Sodom) did. The House of Yisrael (UK and USA are the shepherd tribes) has been hidden (Psalm 83:3) from worldview, and scattered around the earth, and the House of Yisrael believe them-selves to be gentile people. You need to read I Kings 11 to gain an understanding of what Yahveh did. The two Houses have NOT been put back together, yet. That will only take place when Yahshua the Messiah returns (Isaiah 11). Yahveh has caused the House of Yisrael and House of Yahudah to be put back together as allies today, but neither one of the two houses are aware of their relationship to one another. When Yahshua puts the two Houses back together again they will know it and know who they are.

Ezekiel 16:51:  Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations, which thou hast done.

52.  Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they: they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters.

Read all of Matthew chapter 10:

{Matthew (Matit’Yah-ha’Levi): 10:14: And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

M't: 10:15: Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

M't: 10:16: Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

M't: 10:17: But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;

M't: 10:18: And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

M't: 10:19: But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

M't: 10:20: For it is not ye that speak, but the Ruach of your FATHER which speaketh in you.

M't: 10:21: And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.

M't: 10:22: And ye shall be hated of all men for My name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

M't: 10:23: But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Yisrael, till the Ben of Adam be come.

M't: 10:24: The disciple is not above his Master, nor the servant above his Rabbi.

M't: 10:25: It is enough for the disciple that he be as his Master, and the servant as his Rabbi. If they have called the Master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of His household?

M't: 10:26: Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

M't: 10:27: What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

M't: 10:28: And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell (Ge-Hinnom).}

Ezekiel 16:53:  When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them:

Sodom and her daughters (speaking of future generations from the time of the prophet) = House of Yahudah.

Samaria and her daughters (speaking of future generations from the time of the prophet)  = House of Yisrael.

Then will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them” is speaking of Yerusalem (Ezekiel 16:2).

Ezekiel 16:54:  That thou mayest bear thine own shame, and mayest be confounded in all that thou hast done, in that thou art a comfort unto them.

Verse 54 is saying because those in charge in Yerusalem and their corruptness are more wicked in their actions than the House of Yahudah and Yisrael, and because of it Yahudah and Yisrael are at ease. There should be righteousness coming out of Yerusalem and Yerusalem should be correcting the House of Yahudah’s and Yisrael unrighteousness, but because Yerusalem is much more unrighteous than Yahudah and Yisrael she cannot correct them.

Ezekiel 16:55:  When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate.

Verse 55 will not take place until Yahshua the Messiah returns in the clouds.

Ezekiel 16:56:  For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth in the day of thy pride,

Sodom is a symbol of wickedness and destruction in Yahveh’s Word. Because Yerusalem was so corrupt she could not even mention Sodom as an example of unrighteousness.

Ezekiel 16:57:  Before thy wickedness was discovered, as at the time of thy reproach of the daughters of Syria, and all that are round about her, the daughters of the Philistines, which despise thee round about.

The Syrians and Philistines (PA) will be allied with the ten horns mounted on the beast in some way. Syria and Philistine/PA are two of the ten horns mounted on the beast.

Ezekiel 16:58:  Thou hast borne thy lewdness and thine abominations, saith YaHVeH.

59.  For thus saith the Rabbi YaHVeH; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the oath in breaking the covenant.

The covenant is found in Exodus 20 and was written on stone tablets placed INSIDE the ark (I Kings 8:9). Remember when Moses came down from Mount Sinai  he threw down the stone tablets, signifying that the children of Yisrael had broken the covenant (Exodus 32:19).

Ezekiel 16:60:  Nevertheless I will remember MY covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.

61.    Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant.

Remember Yahveh is speaking about Yerusalem. When Yahshua the Messiah returns in the clouds to establish His throne for one thousand years in Yerusalem, and after that the “Great White Throne Judgment”, then the New Yerusalem will come down out of shameh (Revelation chapters 20 – 22).

Ezekiel 16:62:  And I will establish MY covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am YaHVeH:

63.  That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Rabbi YaHVeH.

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